2012 9th 7a*11d Festival

Welcome to the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, active in Toronto since 1997.

The 9th edition of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art takes place in Toronto from October 24 to 28, 2012. Organized by a non-profit collective of artists, 7a*11d has built a platform for new and progressive performance art works from emerging and established artists. The organizing collective brings performance artists from around the world to showcase the breadth and depth of contemporary performance art.

Venues for this year’s festival are Mercer Union, Toronto Free Gallery and various other sites around Toronto.

Schedule

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
What do you think the mind is?
University of Toronto Art Centre (UTAC)
7 pm
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Yoga with Margaret Dragu
Toronto Free Gallery
10 am
VERB WOMAN: Remembering to forget
Toronto Free Gallery
11 am
Performance Art Daily: The international network
Toronto Free Gallery
12 pm
My little voice can’t lie
Blackwood Gallery
6 pm
Changer le monde
Mercer Union - A Centre for Contemporary Art
8 pm
Stories in a Box
Mercer Union - A Centre for Contemporary Art
8 pm
(untitled)
Mercer Union - A Centre for Contemporary Art
8 pm
Drift
Mercer Union - A Centre for Contemporary Art
8 pm
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Yoga with Margaret Dragu
Toronto Free Gallery
10 am
VERB WOMAN: remembering to forget
Toronto Free Gallery
11 am
Performance Art Daily : Theatricality
Toronto Free Gallery
12 pm
Fixed-Time
Mercer Union - A Centre for Contemporary Art
8 pm
(untitled)
Mercer Union - A Centre for Contemporary Art
8 pm
Past Perfect
Mercer Union - A Centre for Contemporary Art
8 pm
(untitled)
Mercer Union - A Centre for Contemporary Art
8 pm
Friday, October 26, 2012
Yoga with Margaret Dragu
Toronto Free Gallery
10 am
VERB WOMAN: remembering to forget
Toronto Free Gallery
11 am
Performance Art Daily: The language of materials
Toronto Free Gallery
12 pm
Freeing the Mind
Mercer Union - A Centre for Contemporary Art
2:30 pm
INTERDEPENDANCE
Toronto Free Gallery
4 pm
(when) a frog
(is) a frog : i am, i
! am, i
Mercer Union - A Centre for Contemporary Art
8 pm
At home
Mercer Union - A Centre for Contemporary Art
8 pm
(untitled)
Mercer Union - A Centre for Contemporary Art
8 pm
Vulnerable : life is like an egg
Mercer Union - A Centre for Contemporary Art
8 pm
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Yoga with Margaret Dragu
Toronto Free Gallery
10 am
VERB WOMAN: remembering to forget
Toronto Free Gallery
11 am
Performance Art Daily : The cutting edge
Toronto Free Gallery
12 pm
(untitled)
offsite
4 pm
Hit Parade
Butterfield Park
6 pm
More Lust / Less Suffering
Mercer Union - A Centre for Contemporary Art
8 pm
(untitled)
Mercer Union - A Centre for Contemporary Art
8 pm
Attempt at not being a walking fucking joke
Mercer Union - A Centre for Contemporary Art
8 pm
(untitled)
Mercer Union - A Centre for Contemporary Art
8 pm
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Yoga with Margaret Dragu
Toronto Free Gallery
10 am
VERB WOMAN: remembering to forget
Toronto Free Gallery
11 am
Performance Art Daily: Reflections on praxis
Toronto Free Gallery
12 pm
SonicWalk:
Toronto Free Gallery
2:30 pm
Now — an impossible presence
Mercer Union - A Centre for Contemporary Art
4 pm
(untitled)
Mercer Union - A Centre for Contemporary Art
4 pm
(untitled)
Mercer Union - A Centre for Contemporary Art
4 pm
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
FOOD = NEED: Margaret Dragu
Leigha Lee Browne Theatre
4 pm - 6 pm
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
FOOD = NEED: Rising
Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Centre (DPNC)
1 pm - 4 pm
Thursday, November 01, 2012
FOOD = NEED: the chicken arrives around 2:30pm
Dufferin Grove Park
2 pm - 5 pm
FOOD = NEED: Performance & Food Event
Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Centre (DPNC)
6 pm - 8 pm

Performance Art Daily

Performance Art Daily is a lunchtime artist “talk show” series featuring discussions with and among many of the festival’s visiting artists, curators, organizers and theorizers. It is an opportunity for the festival audience to meet and converse with our invited artists. Find out more about the ideas within and behind the performances. Learn about how performance art is produced and presented in various communities around the globe. Engage with the artists about the subjects that concern them and raise your own questions about performance art’s hot-button issues. The talks will be recorded live and archived online.
Check: www.youtube.com/user/7a11d

Wed October 24
The international network
Miriam GINESTIER
Randy GLEDHILL
Jonas STAMPE
Moderator: Paul COUILLARD

Thurs October 25
Theatricality
Carl BOUCHARD
Martin DUFRASNE
Camille TURNER
Moderator: Jessica WYMAN

Fri October 26
The language of materials
Maria HUPFIELD
Paul HURLEY
Guadalupe NEVES
Moderator: Wanda NANIBUSH

Sat October 27
The cutting edge
Sylvie COTTON
Nyan Lin HTET
Anna KALWAJTYS
Moderator: Istvan KANTOR

Sun October 28
Reflections on praxis
Rachel ECHENBERG
Patrycja GERMAN
Jeff HUCKLEBERRY
Agnes YIT
Moderator: Johanna HOUSEHOLDER

Éminences Grises

n. someone who exercises great power or influence secretly or unofficially.

Inaugurated in 2002, this program highlights 7a*11d’s commitment to bringing forward a lived history of performance art by presenting the work of seminal Canadian performance artists

This year we are honoured to have two Laureates of the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts:
Margaret DRAGU (2012) and Nobuo KUBOTA (2009)

previous Éminences:
2002: Bruce BARBER (Nova Scotia)
2004: Cheryl L’HIRONDELLE (Saskatchewan)
2006: Rita MCKEOUGH (Nova Scotia)
2008: Robin POITRAS (Saskatchewan) and Glenn LEWIS a.k.a Flakey Rosehips (British Columbia)
2010: Michael FERNANDES (Nova Scotia) and Sylvie TOURAGNEAU (Québec)

Visiting Curators

For the first time 7a*11d has invited two curators (who will not be presenting performances) to attend the festival: Miriam GINESTIER from Montréal and Jonas STAMPE from Gothenburg, Sweden and Guangzhou, China.

The idea behind having performance curators take part is in order to open new opportunities for local artists to locate their work in a national and international context, and to establish ongoing, in-depth relationships with our peers and their networks. We hope to facilitate ‘studio visits’ and meetings with our visitors and artists involved in performance art in Toronto and environs.

Performance art is unique in its international network of artist organizers. Over decades the ‘eternal network’ of artists has built a web around the world, and many, many of the artists we invite also organize events in their own countries. This small program aims to encourage greater international understanding of contemporary performance art practices and to encourage future work through collaborations, exchanges and festivals.

Miriam GINESTIER is the Artistic and General Director of Studio 303, a busy Montréal centre for dance and interdisciplinary art, and an award-winning creator of cultural events for Montréal’s lesbian community. An innovator at Studio 303, Miriam has prioritized the development of emerging artists and performance practices through a holistic vision incorporating residencies, workshops, mentorships and discussion salons, alongside and through events such as Edgy Women (performance festival) and Corps Atipyk, celebrating atypical bodies in dance. Her newest venture at Studio 303 is on helping proven artists develop their national and international markets, through events such as SPARK.

She is a board member of the CanDance Network and the RAIQ (Québec’s interdisciplinary arts network), and is an active member of Culture Montréal’s Emerging Artists and Practices committee. A former DJ, performer, and filmmaker (her three silent shorts have been screened internationally), Miriam is also a freelance organizer of queer cultural events (such as Meow Mix).

http://www.mimproductions.org/


Jonas STAMPE was born in 1965, and lives and works in Guangzhou, China and Gothenburg, Sweden. Art historian, theoritician, critic and curator, Jonas Stampe has been active as a curator since 2000 and is the co-founder and curator of an international network of festivals including Infr’Action – Festival International d’Art Performance in Sète, France (since 2005), Infr’Action Paris (since 2009), Live Actionin Gothenburg, Sweden (since 2006), the now discontinued Live Action New York(2009-2010), Infr’Action Venezia (since 2011), and the upcoming Guangzhou Live 3  (since 2010).

 “The diversity that exists in action art is probably its most important quality, besides being ephemeral, mobile, alive, democratic, irreproducible, authentic and theoretically challenging. It is exactly its diversity, alongside its imaginative and conceptual openness in the creative and receptive process, its human size and existential expansion, that makes it unique in relation to other art forms like contemporary object  art or contemporary stage art. It is an art medium which embraces many tendencies whether it is conceptual, visual, durational, improvisational, oral poetry or based on sound, video or the digital. The absence of a dominating material/media/tool allows the artist to embrace any or all, to move freely between them, and finally focus on what is central, the human.”

Parallel Event: SPLICE

SPLICE: At the Intersection of Art and Medicine

SPLICE, curated by Nina CZEGLEDY, is the first large-scale public showing of archival images selected from the collection housed at Biomedical Communications, University of Toronto, complemented and challenged by contemporary artworks. The exhibitions at University of Toronto Art Centre (UTAC) and Blackwood Gallery include performances by Diana BURGOYNE and Khadija BAKER.

Diana BURGOYNE
What do you think the mind is?
Tuesday October 23 7 pm
University of Toronto Art Centre (UTAC)
15 King’s College Circle

Khadija BAKER
My little voice can’t lie
Wednesday October 24 6 pm
(Opening reception October 24 5 pm – 9 pm; Exhibition continues to December 1)
Blackwood Gallery
Kaneff Centre, University of Toronto Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Rd N

A FREE shuttle departs from OCAD U at 5 pm and returns for 8 pm to Mercer Union (1286 Bloor St W) for the start of the 7a*11d Festival.

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Parallel Event: FOOD=NEED

FOOD=NEED is a week of performances, workshops and discussion forums around food and its use, facilitated by WIAprojects in collaboration with DPNC, Arts4All and 7a*11d. Food is a basic human need. It shapes desires and obsessions and yields many kinds of enjoyment and pain. One can explore food from diverse perspectives, seeing it both as an object produced and consumed and also as a symbol of our human relations. The diversity of what we eat (and don’t eat) and of how food is produced and shared shapes cultures, communities, and nations. At the changing of the year at Samhain, we acknowledge mortality and remember our ancestors. It is a time when the veil is thin between this world and that of the next. We trick them in costume and through play. We celebrate and honour them with tradition and story. Food is an essential part of this time. FOOD = NEED intends to animate fruitful discussion, generate creative ideas, and build solidarity among cultural producers and facilitators across communities using performance – and food

Margaret DRAGU
Presentation/performance
Tuesday October 30 4 pm – 6 pm
Leigha Lee Browne Theatre
University of Toronto Scarborough, 1265 Military Trail

Rising
Wednesday October 31 1 pm – 4 pm
DPNC, 1900 Davenport Rd

claude wittmann
the chicken arrives around 2:30pm
Thursday November 1 2 pm – 5 pm
Dufferin Grove Park, 875 Dufferin St

ARTIFACTS, Margaret DRAGU, Chrissy POITRAS & claude wittmann
Performance & Food Event
Thursday November 1 6 pm – 8 pm
DPNC, 1900 Davenport Rd

WIAprojects is a multi-faceted feminist arts-informed research, mentoring and practice program housed at the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education (CWSE), Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto. For more information and a full schedule of events: www.wiaprojects.com

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Festival Eyes and Ears

Henry CHAN has been documenting performance art in Toronto since 2006. He has photographed four consecutive 7a*11d festivals, the activities of FADO Performance Art Centre, as well as events, exhibitions and performances at various contemporary art venues in the city including The Images Festival and The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery. When he is not using a camera, Henry is crunching numbers and pushing paperwork as an accountant.

Sylvie FERRÉ is an independent curator, lecturer and writer on contemporary and performance art. She is the Director of the Polysonneries Festival based in Lyon, France. Her research strives to develop links between visual art, performance, and other creative forms leading to original collaborations. She is a contributing editor for several publications including Inter, Mapra, Alternatives Théatrales, and Avignon’s Festival. She has written texts for books on artists including Jan Fabre, Kirsten Justesen, Lamberto Pignotti, and Roi Vaara.

Randy GLEDHILL has an international history of artistic recognition spanning over three decades, including his ground breaking and influential collaborative partnership as one half of Randy & Berenicci (with Berenicci Hershorn). His chameleon oeuvre of activities includes performances, installations, public art commission, videos, sculptures, critical writing, curation and cultural activism. He is currently Executive Director and Curator of Vancouver’s LIVE Performance Art Biennale; and is researching new global performance art manifestations, movements, and networks.

Christine KORTE is a PhD candidate in the York and Ryerson Joint Program in Communication and Culture. She recently returned to Toronto after a DAAD research fellowship in Berlin and a guest lectureship position at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. She also has performed with the Vinge/Mueller ensemble in various productions staged in Berlin, Oslo and Bergen. Prior to starting her PhD, Christine worked at the transmediale festival for new media art and other festivals and residency centres in Berlin and Los Angeles.

7a*11d and its presenting partners gratefully acknowledge the support of: